South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi
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Janneman Malan’s century and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi’s five wickets set up South Africa’s comprehensive victory in the rain-affected second ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
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Shamsi led the Proteas bowling attack as the visitors won by 67 runs (DLS method) in Colombo to level the three-match ODI series, with the decider set for Tuesday.
After rain reduced the game to 47 overs a side, South Africa posted 283 for six after stand-in skipper Keshav Maharaj elected to bat first at R. Premadasa Stadium.
After setting a target of 284, Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada struck in the same over as he dismissed Sri Lanka opener Avishka Fernando (8) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa for a duck.
In the next over bowled by Wiaan Mulder, opener Minod Bhanuka edged the ball behind, which was first given not out but was successfully reviewed and overturned.
Sri Lanka’s top-order collapsed to 19/3 after 5 overs before a steady 42-run partnership formed between Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva (12).
De Silva soon fell to spinner Shamsi after a faint nick was once again reviewed by Maharaj and given out.
Asalanka scored a resilient half-century as he and captain Dasun Shanaka steadied the Sri Lankan scorecard. But rain interrupted their momentum as Sri Lanka sat on 114 for 4 after 25 overs.
Following the passing shower, the Sri Lankan chase was reduced to 41 overs with the hosts now requiring 265 runs to clinch a series win.
The Proteas struck soon after the rain delay as ODI debutant George Linde took a low diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Shanaka for 30 off Shamsi’s bowling.
Linde then got his first ODI wicket when he caught and bowled Wanindu Hasaranga for 3.
Shamsi captured the massive wicket of Asalanka, who made 77 off 69 balls (five fours and three sixes) as Sri Lanka looked in trouble.
Rabada injury concern
Midway through defending their total, the Proteas could not turn the ball back to Rabada after the fast bowler pulled off the field with an ankle injury. Cricket South Africa revealed that Rabada will be “assessed overnight” and will provide an update in due course.
Sri Lanka all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne had a late cameo, scoring 36 off 23 balls before Maharaj ended his spell as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 197 in 36.4 overs.
Shamsi was the pick of the Proteas bowlers as he ended with a career-best 5 for 49 in 7.4 overs.
In the second innings, Malan did not return to the field as he underwent treatment after suffering cramps.
The 25-year-old opener battled and was in visible pain in the latter stages of his knock.
Malan, who was eventually named man of the match for his ton, made 121 off 135 balls – including nine fours and a six.
Following Aiden Markram’s contribution of 21, Malan was involved in a 96-run third-wicket partnership with Reeza Hendricks.
After bringing up his ODI half-century, Hendricks soon departed as De Silva bowled him for 51 off 54 balls.
Heinrich Klaasen produced a vital knock of 43 off 27 balls (4 fours and a six) before Dushmantha Chameera (2/52) struck twice.
Chameera first scooped by Klaasen, who chipped the ball to long-on, and then trapped a fatigued Malan the next ball.
Karunaratne was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, picking up two for 24 in his five overs.
South Africa scored 97 runs in their last 10 overs to eventually post 283/6 in their 47 overs.
The third and final ODI is scheduled to get under way at 11:00 (SA time) on Tuesday.
Scores in brief:
South Africa – 283/6 in 47 overs (Malan 121, Hendricks 51, Karunaratne 2-24 Chameera 2-52)
Sri Lanka – 197 in 36.4 overs (Asalanka 77, Shamsi 5-49)
Result: South Africa win by 67 runs (D/L method)